The coat of our pets is a rich indicator of their overall health. The shine, texture, and density of the coat reflect the nutritional balance, emotional well-being, and physical health of our four-legged friends.
The role of fur in dogs
With the exception of hairless breeds, the fur of dogs and cats is an essential component of their anatomy.
Also known as “coat,” it consists of 2 parts: the follicle (which is the root of the hair) and the shaft, which is the visible part of the hair. Each hair is composed of keratin, a fibrous protein.
Beyond its aesthetic aspect, the fur of animals acts as a natural barrier and has a thermoregulatory function that allows dogs and cats to protect themselves from external elements (sun, rain, wind).
Not to mention that through the pheromones present on the skin, the fur plays a social role and allows individuals of the same species to communicate with each other.
Shedding, a natural phenomenon
During shedding, animals lose their fur. These seasonal sheds mainly occur in autumn, when the coat prepares for winter, and in spring.
This phenomenon is explained by the change in temperature and brightness. No worries, this hair loss is healthy. Dead hairs disappear to make way for a coat adapted to the upcoming season.
In general, the shedding period lasts for 3 to 5 weeks. But outside of these periods, the animal sometimes encounters some problems.
Dull fur in dogs
It can sometimes happen that the coat loses its shine: this is called dull fur. Some solutions can be considered:
- Regular brushing removes dead hair and distributes natural oils, contributing to a healthier coat. If grooming is neglected, knots can form and the shine of the coat can diminish.
- Providing a complete and balanced diet known as “Premium”: poor nutrition can lead to a lack of essential elements for the good condition and beauty of the coat (proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, etc.).
- Using nutritional supplements: improves beauty, shine, eliminates bad odors…
- If your dog’s coat remains dull despite your efforts, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian. In some cases, dull fur can be an underlying cause of a disease (hormonal imbalance, fungal infections, skin diseases, parasites, for example).
Hairballs in cats
The formation of hairballs is common in cats. Indeed, during grooming, the cat licks its entire body and absorbs a large number of hairs. Unable to be digested, they remain in the stomach and form a large ball.
This can cause various problems: loss of appetite, regurgitation, constipation… Here are 2 tips to avoid these inconveniences for your favorite kitty:
- Prevention: regularly brush your cat to remove excess hair. A healthy and balanced diet can also limit this phenomenon.
- Treatment: a digestive stimulant can promote the elimination of hairballs in the stomach.